Situatio Interpretivism: The Concept Of Situational Relativism?

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Interpretivism is an approach to social science in which social reality is understood as being constructed and negotiated by participants in that particular reality through the process of meaning-making (McLuhan, 2016). Relativism is a conceptual feature of interpretivism in which reality is analyzed and interpreted through a specific lense. In situational relativism, what is perceived as normal varies across situations (McLuhan, 2016). Picard’s article will be used to exemplify the concept of situational relativism. In an article for The Globe and Mail, Andre Picard (2016) writes that opioid overuse is the “worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history” (p. 1). According to last year’s statistics compiled by IMS Brogan for The Globe, doctors prescribed 53 opioid prescriptions for every 100 people in Canada. This may have contributed to an estimation of 2,000 opioid-related deaths in Canada and 14,000 deaths in the United States. The assumption is that people with addictions are introduced to opioids on the streets. However, it has been found that people are being introduced to these drugs medically by doctors. It is an interesting but abnormal…show more content…
Cultural relativism is a conceptual perspective in which a phenomenon is considered normal or natural according to its cultural context (McLuhan, 2016). In this paper, I will be analyzing Picard’s article by using cultural relativism. Dr. Ryan Meilie of West Side Community Clinic in Saskatoon is calling for Saskatchewan to declare HIV-AIDS as a public health emergency. The HIV infection rate is 13.8 per 100.000 population, which is double the national average of 7.8 per 100,000 (Picard, 2016). The virus is increasingly being spread through intravenous drug use, which has a strong presence in many impoverished First Nation communities (Picard,

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